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Friday, November 16, 2012

Singing Praises at San Felipe de Austin

By Bryan McAuley, San Felipe de Austin Site Manager

It’s not every day that music fills the air at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site. Bright and early on a recent Saturday morning in September, 50 choir students from Westside High School in Houston dropped by the site for a visit. The kids got a quick primer on Stephen F. Austin and colonial Texas (it was a refresher for most, as they remembered their 7th grade Texas history classes), including a short session about the cash-poor, barter economy of Austin’s colony. Students visited the grounds and enjoyed a short program about a one-bit piece of a Spanish 8 real coin associated with the site. And by extension, they learned the origins of the “2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits, a dollar” cheer that remains common at high school football games across the state. On their way to the bus, the choir—under the direction of Jason Carson—offered an impromptu version of the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of the Father of Texas’ statue.

Westside High School choir

San Felipe de Austin is located in south-central Texas, approximately 50 miles west of Houston. The site is part of the Texas Independence Trail Region.

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